On Wednesday 17th February 2010, Hanson, the operator of Mountcastle Quarry ran a community consultation ( in fairness they have to!) to update the community on their planning application to extend the quarrying time at Mountcastle and outline their updated plans for the Approach Wood Quarry (next to Melville House).
To be honest there wasn’t really anything new here. We had already had a fairly comprehensive presentation regarding the Approach Wood site and the only change is that it is more red squirrel friendly- not sure if a quarry can be squirrel frindly but hey-ho, its better than nothing.
There was some discussion regarding the time extension at Mountcastle. Essentially the economic downturn has slowed demand which has meant that not all the sand that can be extracted (the remainder is under the plant equipment) has been. The permission to quarry runs out in April. Hanson are basically asking for planning permission to extend the length of their operations (due to finish in April) by another 18 months. On the conclusion of this, Hanson will maintain the site as a wildlife reserve for another 5 years. What’s in it for the local community- er nothing.
So folks, Community Council has to give an opinion as to whether to support this extension. Personally I think it would be a nice gesture from Hanson to contribute to a local project eg. the Park redevelopment (hint) to compensate for the additional dust, noise and traffic disruption but that apparently isn’t being considered.
Add your comments below or even better toodle along to the next Community Council meeting and share your thoughts….